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I don't know whether I should be scared about drug report: Paul Gallen

In training: Paul Gallen preparing for his charity fight in New Zealand.

In training: Paul Gallen preparing for his charity fight in New Zealand. Photo: Chrisopher Lane

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen said he doesn't know whether he or others in the game ought to be ''scared'' when an update on a report examining the drug protocols at each of the NRL's clubs is presented to the Australian Rugby League Commission on Wednesday.

The Sharks were expected to feature heavily in the final report, which examines whether any coaches, support staff and/or officials had breached the code's guidelines. There was speculation the club could be fined when the report is handed over because of an alleged supplement program at the club in 2011.

We’ve done all we’ve been asked all year. We don’t know anything. 

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is continuing an investigation into players and any alleged use of banned substances. It is separate from the ARLC report that is headed by the new general manager of integrity and general counsel Nick Weeks, a lawyer who previously worked for the Australian Rugby Union.

On the card: Paul Gallen and Sam Thaiday will do their bit for charity in the ring.

On the card: Paul Gallen and Sam Thaiday will do their bit for charity in the ring. Photo: Chrisopher Lane

Any sanctions imposed on the Sharks are certain to be closely monitored by Gallen and those members of his team who were interviewed by ASADA staff during the season because it could have ramifications on their careers.

However, as Gallen prepared to box in a charity tournament in Auckland on Saturday night, he remained non-committal when asked whether he was ''scared'' by what the report could say. ''I don't know,'' he said. ''We just have to sit back and wait. As players, we've done everything that was asked of us, there is nothing else we can do … we really don't know anything [about what might happen].

''Whenever we hear a rumour someone will go ring the lawyer and they don't know anything about it. It just seems to be written in the media before anyone knows anything, I guess we'll find out this week whether all these rumours that have been flying around this week are true.''

Paul Gallen is awaiting a report examining the drug protocols at each of the 16 NRL clubs.

Paul Gallen is awaiting a report examining the drug protocols at each of the 16 NRL clubs. Photo: Chrisopher Lane

He insisted the players who were called on by ASADA had done all they could to help the investigators.

''We've done all we've been asked to do all year and now we just sit back and wait to see what happens,'' he said. ''We don't know anything. It seems to come out in the papers before it reaches us.''

Gallen answered ''I don't know'' when asked whether he was worried that he, or others, could be made sacrificial lambs for ASADA following the emotive ''darkest day in Australian sport'' press conference staged by the former ruling Labor government earlier this year, a conference in which it was suggested criminal networks had infiltrated professional sport. Gallen, who spearheaded Cronulla's effort to make the NRL finals, captained the NSW State of Origin team and more recently played a role in Australia reclaiming the World Cup, said he did not know how he had kept everything together in what had been a challenging season.

''At the end of the day we're football players, we like training and playing of a weekend - that was the attitude we took and it seemed to work,'' he said. ''I got a family [and] I just went home to be a dad.''

The ASADA investigation into the players was ongoing and the government agency would serve infraction notices once those in charge believed they had compelling evidence.

3 comments so far

  • Pearce off jack. Gibbs on!

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    Big darryl
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    Woolloomooloo
    Date and time
    December 11, 2013, 8:56PM
    • Wouldve been marvellous to have seen the big heavyweight (and ex-NRL superstar ) Fergo step up for charity and fight on this card. I'm licking my lips at the prospect of a Fergo v Hoppa match-up next year maybe. That would be a fight for the ages. We can only dream...

      Commenter
      Rampaging Roy Slaven
      Date and time
      December 12, 2013, 1:59AM
      • let's hope he is grubbed out for the season. The guy is a blight on the game. Boxing is a good move for him where he can get pummeled week in, week out.

        Commenter
        daffy
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        December 13, 2013, 9:15AM

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